first_imgThe International Transport Workers’ Federation said that its inspections in Australia’s Western Port and Port Kembla exposed a wage theft aboard a BlueScope-chartered foreign-flagged ship.Namely, ITF explained that an inspection of the Panama-registered vessel KEN EI in January, led to $38,384 in coastal wages being paid to the 20 Filipino seafarers crewing the ship.“Upon arriving in Western Port, the crew on the KEN EI immediately asked our inspector about claims for payment for two coastal voyages and requested that the ITF contact the shipowner as they had no correspondence or indication that they would be paid by either the shipowner or charterers BlueScope and Rio Tinto,” Dean Summers, ITF national coordinator, said.“Wage theft is one of the biggest problems in the global shipping industry. In December last year alone, ITF inspectors conducted 761 inspections and recovered almost $2 million in wages stolen from the world’s seafarers,” Summers added.In mid-January, the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) informed that BHP and BlueScope Steel decided to remove the last two Australian-manned iron ore carriers from the country’s coastal and international trade.The decision, which would end 100 years of Australian shipping, would make nearly 80 Australian seafarers redundant, MUA earlier said.last_img read more

first_imgAnthony Joshua Anthony Joshua clinically stopped Alexander Povetkin in seven rounds to defend his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles and reaffirm his status as the world’s leading heavyweight.Since adding his third world title with March’s victory over Joseph Parker, the return of Tyson Fury and frustration over his inability to secure a unification match-up with WBC champion Deontay Wilder has threatened that very reputation.That an estimated 68,000 were present at Wembley Stadium – significantly fewer than the 90,000-strong crowd that attended last year’s victory over Wladimir Klitschko – demonstrated that, but he professionally overcame an opponent of ambition and class. The 39-year-old Povetkin, like Joshua an Olympic gold medallist, had previously lost only to Klitschko and over the distance when the great Ukrainian was at his peak. Joshua capitalised on his aggression in a way that Klitschko could not, dropping him once before stopping him on his feet.Joshua had spoken in the week of feeling “tons of pressure” to perform and the confirmation of the December 1 date for the higher-profile fight between Wilder and Fury will not have helped, but if he felt that pressure in the ring, it did not show.With the physical advantages over an opponent who fought Klitschko on the same evening Joshua made his professional debut, it would have proved a significant upset had the champion secured anything other than his latest victory.Afterwards Joshua identified his ideal next three fights. “In order, I’d like Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and then Dillian Whyte,” said the 28-year-old, who retained his WBC, WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles.Having been rocked by the Russian’s hooks at the end of the first round, leaving his nose broken and bloodied, Joshua was acutely aware of the danger of the older, more experienced challenger. Yet after taking Povetkin’s best shots, his left hook straight right-hand combination twice buckled Povetkin and sent him to the canvas. The Russian climbed groggily to his feet, but Joshua took him to task a second time, crumpling him like clothes falling into a suitcase for a second time.As predicted, Povetkin was always going to be dangerous but as Joshua grew in confidence, and finished in style. Heavyweight boxing is about knockouts and he was brutal in delivering it.Joshua had emerged into the stadium in that white robe, aping Muhammad Ali, looking so relaxed. He raised a white-gloved hand to friends and family sitting ringside, shadowboxed his way to the ring on a hydraulic lift, the biggest commercial commodity in the sport. The big roar went up. Spumes of fire exploded around him ub this is now a familiar walk, soundtracked to the chant of ‘O, Anthon-eeee Joshu-ua’.It was a cagey start as they felt each other out, a phoney war until Povetkin exploded with a three-punch combination which clearly buckled the Briton. It felt a little like Russian roulette at times. There was more animated talk in the corner between rounds than we have ever witnessed from trainer Rob McCracken. Joshua needed it. He needed acuity here.In the fourth, a brilliant uppercut from Joshua bust the eyelid above Povetkin’s left eye, and clearly it lifted the defending champion. As the fight played out through the fifth and sixth, Povetkin was made to miss more, and when shots did land, the champion simply nodded and waved his rival in. His confidence was growing, and as the older man by 11 years began to tire, Joshua finished emphatically.When the referee Steve Gray stepped in between them to rescue Povetkin, after the sensational finish, the 80,000 crowd here erupted. Such relief. Joshua had been 4-2 down on some cards.Afterwards he said; “Povetkin is a very tough challenger, he proved that tonight with good left hooks and counter punches.“I came in here to have fun, and give it my best. I knew he was strong to the head but weak to the body. I was just mixing it up.“It could have been seven, maybe nine, maybe 12 rounds to get him out of there. But the ultimate aim was to be victorious. I got my knockout streak back.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_img Tags: KCCA FCkirinya jssMusa Esenuvipers sc Musa Esenu spent last season on loan at Kirinya JSS (file photo)Reigning Uganda Cup winners KCCA FC have completed the signing of free agent-Musa Esanu on a two year deal.Esenu who was a Vipers player last season was declared a free agent by the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) after a breach of contract was sighted his deal at Kitende.The Kasasiro Boys confirmed his signing via a video that was uploaded on their official Twitter handle on Monday morning.In the video, Esenu who is donning a Kasasiro Boys jersey expresses his delight to be joining KCCA FC.“It is a big opportunity for me and it’s now up to myself to work hard to see that i reach where i want to be. I really feel so good and humbled that i have joined this huge club, says Esenu in the Video.KCCA FC have been on the hunt for a new striker ever since after Muhammad Shaban and Derrick Nsibambi left the Lugogo side.Shaban and Nsibambi’s departures meant that Mike Mutebi had been left with only Patrick Kaddu as the only recognized out and out striker.It was highly anticipated that Mike Mutebi’s side would sign Tony Odur but the deal fell through due to differences in monitory valuations of the player.Esenu will be looking to kick-start his career at Lugogo after a frustrating couple of years at reigning league champions, Vipers SC.He joined the Venoms in 2016 at a fee believed to be in the region of Shs 30 Million failed to tie down a starting spot in the team from day one.He spent the entire last season on loan at Kirinya Jinja SS where he scored nine league goals and a handful of assists as the Jinja based side finished fifth.Comments last_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio receives 10% more rain per year, on average, than in the 20th century.“You can think of it as the ‘new normal,’ ” said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist for Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.Ohio’s current annual average is 42 inches, up 3 inches from the 39-inch average in the 20th century, Wilson said. Three inches may sound like just a drop in the, well, bucket, but “the problem is the intensity at which the rain is falling,” Wilson said.The additional 3 inches aren’t spread across the entire year. Instead the bulk of Ohio’s rain is falling in intense rain events, followed by an increase in consecutive dry days, Wilson said. In July 2017, a rainfall dumped 5.5 inches of rain in two hours within Darke County, in the west central part of the state.Extreme rain events in which more than 2 inches fall during a rainstorm have increased by 30% in Ohio since the late 1990s, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That means a lot more water soaking farmland, filling ditches, forming ponds on fields or dribbling off.So, there’s greater potential for soil and fertilizer washing away from a field and into Lake Erie, which many municipalities rely on for their drinking water. In the summer of 2017, Lake Erie’s algal bloom level was classified as severe.“I think that’s why farmers are working really hard on correct timing,” Wilson said regarding farmers applying fertilizer on their fields.Wilson will address climate change and the impact of more rainfall on farmers and the water quality of Lake Erie during a talk at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference, March 6-7. Wilson’s talk on March 6 at 3:35 p.m. will be among numerous presentations at the conference at Ohio Northern University in Ada.Last spring, multiple rainstorms led Ohio farmers to replant the seeds they had sown, some multiple times, because of flooded fields. In the fall, rainfall delayed some harvests. The increased amount of rain and number of intense rainstorms shows how the climate in Ohio and beyond is changing, Wilson said.Given that, farmers might want to carefully consider how they apply fertilizer, and adopt techniques to prevent erosion so their soil’s nutrients — and the investment they made in them — don’t get flushed away, Wilson said.“Weather patterns have changed so we can’t just take it for granted that what we did in the past will work well now and into the future,” Wilson said. “The more we understand how our weather is changing, the better we can be about adapting to these changes and making decisions now and into the future in agriculture.”In planning to apply fertilizer to fields, it’s critical to know the forecast for 24 hours and use that to guide when and whether to make the application, Wilson pointed out. The first step in becoming resilient to climate changes, Wilson said, is to being aware of what shifts are happening, then figure out ways to adapt to them.For more information about the upcoming tillage conference, visit: read more

first_img“I think he’s not as powerful as advertised. He’s not heavy on the ground when he comes to pin, but he positions himself really well,” Banario, who was booted out early of World Lightweight Grand Prix following the loss, explained.“I think we’re even when it comes to jiu-jitsu. In my case I got caught in a crucifix. He has a great ground game, but it can be escaped from.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Justin Brownlee, Lamar Odom’s late 3 push Mighty Sports past Magnolia in tuneup Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilipino Honorio Banario couldn’t beat unbeaten American Lowen Tynanes last Friday, but the former ONE featherweight champion knows someone who could.Banario believes ONE lightweight champion Eduard Folayang would deal Tynanes his first defeat if the two end up meeting again down the road.ADVERTISEMENT “He (Tynanes) barely landed a punch on the feet. Should he fight Eduard Folayang again we must focus on wrestling defense,” Banario said. “He’s the same fighter who fought Folayang in 2012. He’s excellent, but may have already reached his full potential.”Tynanes stopped Folayang by TKO in the opening round back in 2012.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBut Banario thinks the result will be different if Folayang and Tynanes figure in a rematch.Banario also took a first-round defeat to Tynanes last Friday in ONE: Hero’s Ascent at Mall of Asia Arena but he saw some things that could be exploited. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more